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27 Sep '11

2-Ply Club

If you're familiar with the survey I posted several weeks ago, thank you ever so much for your input! It helped me make some decisions about what wools to dye and what kinds of dyeing you'd all like to see more of, so I'm very grateful. If you'd like to contribute to the survey, its still open here, and there's a coupon code at the end. I'm finally offering a Black Trillium Fibres Studios spinning fiber club, and I have a fairly specific style in mind for the club overall to make it fun and interesting for spinners as well as unique in the fiber club marketplace. Each month for 3 months, you'll receive 8 ounces of spinning fiber in the form of 2 - 4 ounces braids. Those 2 braids will be dyed in a coordinating fashion so that when you spin them, they will complement and contrast each other. Specifically, and I have tested this so see how I feel about the finished handspun, you would be spinning each braid separately and then plying them together. Of course, you may choose to spin your club shipment in whatever way you choose based on your own creativity. This isn't the first time I've dyed for a club shipment, but it will be the first club I'm offering exclusively through my Etsy shop. I've worked with Twisted, Yarn 4 Socks, and CRW Knitwear in the past to generate interesting and exclusive colorways for their various yarn clubs. However, dyeing roving for me is a very one-of-a-kind process, so club shipments will be dyed all at once through the same process & using the same formulas, but will not be repeated in the future. In preparation for this club, I dyed several examples to see how I like them. My favorite was the following pairing of bright turquoise and a bright rainbow combination dyed on 25% black & 75% ecru blue faced leicester top. I'm already partial to this fiber for its luster and depth of color added by the black bfl content, but these intense colors were so perky I had to spin them up. As a novice spinner, I've been trying to teach myself to tighten things up a bit so I can begin to spin yarn for socks. I may have overdone it a bit on this bfl, adding to the curliness of the crimp by overplying. I'll try to get this little skein knit up to share down the road, maybe in a week or two? At any rate, this is how the two braids spun and plied up for me: Here is a tentative plan for this first club's fibers: November - mixed black & ecru Blue Faced Leicester December - Corriedale January - Merino & silk Based on your survey feedback, I'm sticking to the breeds most people know, and if this club goes well I'll expand and offer six month clubs with a wider range of blends and some superwash fibers. You'll find the link to the first club listing here.

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